I’m gradually learning that Snickers doesn’t satisfy.

I used to argue strongly on behalf of Snickers as a healthy snack. After all, it has peanuts. That makes it healthier than other candy bars like 3 Musketeers that are just fluff.

I was helped in the argument by an ad campaign which affirmed that if you were looking for satisfaction, Snickers was the place to turn. I assume that they were suggesting that it was satisfying primarily for those moments when you are hungry.

What I must acknowledge, however, is that the temporary satisfaction of the hunger pain comes at a nutritional price. There are other options.There are healthier options. But when it’s so easy to go downstairs and get one and there aren’t any of the other options around, you go for the Snickers.

What is more satisfying, I am learning, is being able to buy smaller jeans.

What I am also learning is that I wasn’t just satisfying my hunger. Often, I eat because I don’t want to think. I don’t want to sit still and work through the idea or the tough email or the reflective self-examination or the quiet waiting before God.

I think it’s why God said to Isaiah,

Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

That hunger that I think is for Snickers is actually a deeper hunger, in my soul rather than my stomach. I know full well that we need food. Because we are created with taste buds, I’m pretty sure we are designed to enjoy good food well. I also know that I spend money of snacks not good, time on words that don’t feed.

But I am slowly shifting both foods.

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5 thoughts on “I’m gradually learning that Snickers doesn’t satisfy.

  1. joseph ruiz

    There was a time I wouldn’t dare keep a Snickers bar in the house too big a temptation. Now over a long period of time my tastes have changed that’s what I want to desire time with God more than the other “snickers” stuff. I suppose it’s the life style vs diet thing – a diet is temporary usually one returns to old habits –

    Cheryl good word “fruit” reveals a lot of what is really going on inside – I am with you LOTS of work to do there! 😉


  2. Celeste Sage

    Very well said. I believe the hunger and thirst the soul longs for has greater satisfaction once it is fed. Jesus told the woman at the well that if she drank from the living water she would thirst no more. He is all we need. We do not live by bread along but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. No one can satisfy like He does.


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  4. Bill Rice

    Okay, I’m not sure why you had to persecute Snickers to make your point 🙂

    But, in seriousness…this is a post that I think hits most of us at the heart. We literally have spun our lives into hyperactivity. As a result, when it comes to the hard stuff thinking, caring, being still and waiting on God’s time we tend to say, “No problem God, I’ve got this covered” and subsequently reach for the quick sense of satisfaction.


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